Flora Pettit congratulates Skip Roberts who has achieved a milestone seldom reached by most attorneys—50 years as an active member of the Virginia Bar. Skip started his law practice in 1971 in Harrisonburg, Virginia with the law firm of Wharton, Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC. He was one of several second-generation lawyers in that firm, who led its very successful expansion. While practicing there, he helped to increase the firm’s presence in the community and statewide. Skip developed his tax-exempt bond financing practice from scratch to become one of the few recognized bond lawyers in western Virginia. Skip also provided legal services to some of the Valley’s largest businesses, financial institutions and wealthiest families. From 1991 to 1998, he broadened his experience base as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the VMI Foundation, running one of the largest college endowments in Virginia while helping to guide VMI through its litigation over its all-male admissions policy. In 1998 he returned to the law practice by joining Christian & Barton, LLP, in its Richmond, Virginia office, as co-head of its business practice group. He was then named the Managing Director and General Counsel for Ivor & Co., LLC, a New York based investment firm, overseeing the business, legal, charitable, investment and tax affairs of a leading Wall Street investment banker and private equity firm founder. In 2003 he returned to the Valley to practice and joined Flora Pettit in 2016. His service to the Bar has included being a member of the Virginia Bar Association’s Executive Committee and a member of the Board of Directors and President of the Virginia Law Foundation. Skip’s extensive nonprofit experience includes acting as the Interim President of the George C. Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Virginia from November 2013 to May 2014 and serving as a member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of VMI Investment Holdings, LLC, which oversees the VMI endowments now in excess of $600,000,000, one of the largest endowments on a per student basis of any public college or university in America. In all his roles in law firms and with VMI Skip has always been a recognized leader whose engagement on any matter is a singular focus on his clients’ best interests with the highest level of trust and integrity. In addition, mentoring younger lawyers has been one of his callings that his law firms and mentees have appreciated. His intellect, wit, humility, and knowledge of the profession have made an impact wherever he has been. Flora Pettit congratulates Skip on his milestone achievement.
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Flora Pettit announces that eight of its lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers in America®. (COPYRIGHT 2013 BY WOODWARD/WHITE, INC., OF AIKEN, SC). The attorneys listed include Michael E. Derdeyn, John W. Flora, Richard H. Howard- Smith, Donald D. Long, Jennifer E. Shirkey, Bill Shmidheiser, Cathleen P. Welsh and J. Page Williams.
Flora Pettit is pleased to announce that six of its attorneys have been honored by selection for inclusion in the 2021 Virginia Super Lawyers list, a Thomson Reuters business. Four of Flora Pettit’s attorneys have been recognized for inclusion in the “Virginia Super Lawyers” list and two of its attorneys have been named to the “Virginia Rising Stars” list. Super Lawyers annually selects lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement through a rigorous process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. To be selected as a Rising Star, lawyers must either be 40 years old or younger, or have been in practice for 10 years or fewer.
Flora Pettit congratulates Richard Howard-Smith on his election to the governing Council of the Virginia State Bar (VSB) for the 16th Judicial Circuit for a three-year term. The 16th Judicial Circuit encompasses the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Madison, Greene, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Goochland, Louisa, Orange and Culpeper. The VSB was created in 1938 by the Virginia General Assembly as an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia. The VSB is governed by its Council, consisting of 81 members: 65 lawyers elected from the 31 circuits throughout the Commonwealth, as well as nine at-large members appointed by the Supreme Court of Virginia, four conference chairs, and three officers. The mission of the Virginia State Bar is: (1) to protect the public, (2) to regulate the legal profession of Virginia, (3) to advance access to legal services, and (4) to assist in improving the legal profession and the judicial system. Richard is also currently serving his second term on the VSB’s Board of Governors for its Trust & Estates Section. Flora Pettit and Richard are proud to serve in support of the mission of the Virginia State Bar and the citizens of the Commonwealth.
Flora Pettit is Pleased to Announce That Thomas B. Gladin Has Joined the Law Firm in its Harrisonburg Office
Thomas Gladin focuses his practice on commercial real estate, secured financing, title matters, Section 1031 exchanges, and business matters. Thomas formerly served as a Circuit Court Law Clerk to the Honorable Edward A. Robbins, Jr. of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit of Virginia and interned at the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Thomas’ judicial clerkship experience provides him with a unique and practical perspective on his client’s legal issues. Following his judicial clerkship Thomas practiced with a mid-sized Virginia law firm in the Tidewater area of Virginia, focusing on real estate transactions and related matters. Thomas earned his undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and his law degree from the Regent University School of Law.
Due to multiple questions received from clients concerning potential changes to estate tax exemption levels, Flora Pettit has provided the following general alert. Clients are encouraged to discuss their particular circumstances with one of Flora Pettit’s many estate planning and wealth transfer attorneys.